Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a cognitive behavioral intervention program designed to assist individuals in improving social skills, moral reasoning, coping with and reducing aggressive behavior through the use of self regulating exercises and mindfulness.
ART is comprised of three coordinated interventions: anger control training, structured learning, and moral reasoning. The program is comprised of five modules consisting of 32 sessions; sessions are based on two hours of content.
Participants will learn to understand what causes them to feel angry and act aggressively, as well as techniques to reduce anger/aggressive behavior, self regulate to stop "automatic" aggression, and to build skills that help make better choices.
Individuals who are assessed as having the need for ART are assigned to the program by the facility Program Committee.
Program participants are required to satisfactorily complete weekly assignments. Participants must also share their experiences with the group identifying how they utilized acquired ART skills. Each participant is required to actively and appropriately participate in group discussions and be willing to assist other participants. Participants may be videotaped to provide visual feedback as part of the learning process.